It is August 5th and I just can’t believe the way time flies! Still, I have been lucky enough to find some opportunities to get in the kitchen and cook some hearty homemade meals. So, for my first Food Post I want to share a typical peruvian recipe: Lomo Saltado!
What is Lomo Saltado?? It is sort of a stir fry meat dish with onion, tomatoes, ajies (peruvian chilis), french fries and a side of rice. It is delicious! So, follow my recipe and taste it yourself!
Ingredients:– 1 kg meat (sirloin would be the best) – 2 large red onions, cut in strips – 3 tomatoes, cut in strips (deseeded) – 2 yellow ajies (deseeded)* – 2 garlic cloves – 5 Tbs soy sauce – 2 Tbs red vinegar – 1 Tbs Mensi sauce (black bean paste – common in Asian food stores) – 1 tsp sugar – 1/4 cup pisco (or another strong alcohol) – salt, pepper and cumin powder (to taste) – oil for frying – 1 kg potatoes (in case you want to make your own fries) * If you cannot find ají you can use another chili with a medium spice level, such as Anaheim chili .
1. Chop the onions, ají, tomatoes and meat, and make sure that you have everything ready to go. Once you start, the process doesn’t take too long. This would also be a good moment to prepare the rice and fries, in case you are making them from scratch.
2. Put the meat in a bowl and add some salt, pepper and cumin powder to it. In case you can find it in your local market, I also like to add a spoon of Mensi Sauce, which is a Chinese black bean paste which is rather salty. Let it set for a moment to catch the flavors.
3. Heat a pan and add some oil (I like to use a wok, but any non-stick pan would work fine). Once the oil is very hot (and I mean hot) toss the meat and stir it. Let it brown on the outside, but keep it medium-rare in the inside. Add the alcohol (I normally use Pisco, which has approx. 40% alcohol) and flambé! Take the meat out of the pan, and separate the juices in a different container – that way the meat won’t keep cooking.
4. Heat some oil again in the same pan you used for the meat and once it is hot add the onions, ají and garlic. Add some salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sugar. Stir for about 3 minutes and add the tomatoes, the soy sauce and the vinegar. Incorporate the meat and its juices and ta-dah! At this moment you dish is pretty much ready.
5. Serve a portion with a side of rice and fries and sprinkle some fresh coriander.